Cancer Be Damned

Anticancer: A New Way of Life by David Servan-Schreiber

On the book’s cover: “All of us have cancer cells in our bodies. But not all of us will develop cancer.” And Dr. Servan-Schreiber, an M.D. who survived brain cancer, explains some of the reasons why. And it sounds like lots of it has to do with our diet. (A reviewer/physician in the New York Times suggests: maybe not.)

Reading this book has caused me—a notorious cheapskate (“frugal person” is the nice way to put it)—to increase the grocery budget by nearly 50% (egads, organic produce and dairy are expensive!) but I’m thinking it’s worth it. (And I’m already planning how to maximize my vegetable garden this summer.) And, blast it all, I’m reducing the amount of sugar and bleached flour in my diet, which, frankly, is an even bigger sacrifice than the budgetary outlay. I’m not easily converted by fad diets (please note: I never fell for all that Atkins diet hooey), so the fact that a book has made me modify my eating habits is a big deal. Cancer-surviving physicians catch my attention; I’m all about cancer’s annihilation from this earth; and if these fairly simple steps can help, then I’m all for it.